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13 Oct 2015
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Punk and Entrepreneurialism? How do these possibly overlap? The motives behind both are commonly misunderstood. They each revolve around disruption, tearing down existing structures and building something better

A little while ago I read Anarchy Evolution written by one of my personal idols, Greg Graffin. Greg is the lead singer of the band, Bad Religion, and a college lecturer at the University of California, Los Angeles and Cornell University in the fields of life sciences and evolution.

Anarchy Evolution was a bit of a manifesto that covered, amongst other things, the intersection of punk and evolutionary biology. The way that art and science overlaped, through the lens of Greg’s own experiences, presented a worldview that resonated with me ever so strongly and gave me some serious inspiration.

Reading this book forced me to reflect on my own life and worldview. After some contemplation, a thought occurred to me. There is a significant overlap between punk and entrepreneurialism.

Now, I’m sure many people reading this are about nine tenths of the way to closing the page, but bear with me. I’m not talking about people with studded leather jackets and mohawks. That shit is just fashion anyway.

We live in a society that as much as it pretends not to be, is terrified of change. People are so risk adverse that they would rather live their entire lives in an economic and social system that drains them of any true inspiration or humanity in the name of a steady paycheck and the vague possibility of a retirement in a place with other geriatric human shells and palm trees.

In order to make any true change in our current society, some would argue that you need to burn it down and rebuild it. Rip down the pillars, deal with the fallout and start it all again. A lot of punk was focussed on this kind of angst-ridden half solution to our social and economic problems.

If entrepreneurialism does not have the capacity to rip down the pillars supporting bloated, fat and stagnant structures disrupting them with new ideas, technology, innovation and concepts, then I’m not sure what does. In a capital-driven world (which, sadly we all exist in even if you have some fantasy to the contrary) the only way to disrupt the current status quo that has led us to social and environmental degradation and disaster is to create something that cuts it off at the knees and provides a given market an option of something better. It is this philosophy that fuels my own entrepreneurial inspiration. Making money is always just the by-product of entrepreneurialism. What it is really about is driving social change and toppling corrupt and obsolete paradigms.
Adrian Kostic

Adrian Kostic

Adrian is the co-founder of VIV. A man with a vision, creativity, passion and wit. Adrian writes about the finer things in life. He knows a good scotch when he tastes one and his philosophy runs deeper than meets the eye.